No. 48 - p47

JUNE 1973


    This photograph of a rather strange machine has been sent to us by Rodney Weaver, who informs us that it was taken in the North of Scotland during World War One. The photographer was killed while serving with the Royal Flying Corps and the negative came into the possession of his nephew, Mr R. J. Blenkinsop, who allowed Rodney to make a print from it. First impressions are that the locomotive was a standard gauge Kerr Stuart "Darwin" class or similar, but closer examination shows features which do not appear on other Kerr Stuart locomotives - for instance the safety valve inside the dome cover. The loco looks as if it might have been converted (professionally) from narrow to standard gauge, and although it has not proved possible to decipher the works plate its style is reminiscent of the oval plates fitted by Grant Ritchie of Kilmarnock. Can anyone identify this locomotive? TJL


    The Britannia Ironworks Company [, Middlesbrough,] suffered a distraint for rent on Wednesday 27th September 1876]. The two shunting engines were sold for about half their value. The remaining plant sold consisted of stationary engines, rail bogies, coal waggons, cranes, mechanical puddlers, &c.... The West Marsh [Works], close by, has been lively with work for some time back, and to these works went some of the plant sold.' ("Iron," 30th September 1876. KPP)


    To be LET, with immediate possession, BRICKFIELD near Faversham, Kent. A first-class brickfield, with wharves, tramroads and cottages. Good earth can be obtained by washing from an easy distance. For particulars, apply to Messrs. G. Webb & Co, Tunstall, Sittingbourne.' ("The Stone Trades Journal", December 1900. SAL)